New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault understands why defenseman John Moore was kicked out of Tuesday night’s Game 5 against Montreal for his hit on Canadiens forward Dale Weise.
The hit was high and late, definitely warranting the penalty. That being said, Vigneault doesn’t see the need for the NHL to go further with their punishment on Moore by way of a suspension.
“The guy (Weise) was admiring his pass a little bit,” Vigneault said on Wednesday after the Rangers practice. “I don’t see what else it could warrant. But I’ve been surprised before.”
Moore has a hearing this afternoon with the league offices, and word should come out shortly thereafter if any supplemental discipline will be handed out.
After the game on Tuesday night, Vigneault did state that he felt the call on the ice was the right call.
“The league will do what it has to do,” he said. “I think [Moore] was penalized on the ice. John is definitely not the type of player to try to hurt someone, but it was a late hit and it was the right call on the ice.”
Game 6 between New York and Montreal takes place in New York on Thursday night with Montreal looking to for a deciding Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals.